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  • Badlands
  • Cléo from 5 to 7
  • Sherman's March
  • Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives

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  • Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

  • Pig

    ★★½

  • Hellraiser

    ★★★★

  • Zola

    ★★★★

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  • Paddington 2

    Paddington 2

    ★★★★½

    Was incredibly charmed by the detailed craft, brilliant physical comedy, clever writing, and cute lil bear. Cried multiple times.

    Are gentility, optimism, and compassion truly all it takes to solve the prison system? Is there something a little facile and upper-crust in its multicultural anti-Brexit heroics? No. We should all be like Paddington.

  • Pig

    Pig

    ★★½

    This movie calls itself a foodie on its Tinder bio. The work of new writers and director watching too much Chef's Table and a Munchies doc on the meth-addicted truffle hunters of the Pacific Northwest and grafting that on to a bunch of elements that were better in other movies.

    Contrived and often pretty corny. That "this isn't real" talk at Dorsia where the samurai chef bares the soul of his former pupil is one of the worst acted scenes…

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  • Cairo Station

    Cairo Station

    ★★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Did not expect to get such a condensed (77 min.) and virtuosic exploration of mental illness, the workings of a Cairo train station, union politics, Marxism, feminism, sexual harassment, domestic abuse...all told with a stylistic mix of neorealism, film noir, and Hitchcockian psychodrama.

    Covers almost all of the isms, really, but never feels forced. The way the camera moves through the different characters and stories in the station is very natural. The whole thing is bustling with life.

    As to…

  • Chameleon Street

    Chameleon Street

    ★★★★½

    A legendary work in black indie cinema—for the few who have even heard of it. It famously failed to find distribution after winning a jury prize at Sundance, even though Warner Bros bought the remake rights for $250,000. Director Wendell Harris claims that though it was initially shown on television regularly, further broadcasts were actively suppressed after 1994. Apparently it was too confrontational for any major studio or network to touch.

    It's a major loss, because this film is awesome.…